Mistake #11 - Sokumen irimi nage: watching where one is throwing

Morote dori (katate ryote dori) kokyu nage (named sokumen irimi nage nowadays) : a mistake which consists in turning towards uke and watching him during the throw.

When he applied sokumen irimi nage, O sensei watched in the opposite direction of the fall.

You mustn't watch uke and turn your hanmi towards him. On the contrary, you must pay attention to the other directions and your environment.

Sokumen irimi nage must be applied just like any other Aikido movement with the clear conscience that the danger comes simultaneously from all four directions.

In this example, tori turns his hamni towards uke and looks at me, this presents with a major risk: he loses sight and control of the three other directions and exposes his back to danger.

There two added risks, more technical:

  1. uke can unbalance tori and bring him down with him.
  2. uke can kick tori.

What is Traditional Aikido?

Aikido is not a sport, it is a martial art which laws (takemusu) are in harmony with the laws of the universe. Studying them allows the practitioner to understand his place in the universe. Aikido was born in Iwama, O sensei achieved in that village the synthesis of tai jutsu, aiki ken and aiki jo.

Where to practice Traditional Aikido?

The International Takemusu Aikido Federation (ITAF) brings to the practitioner the structure he needs in order to work as close as possible to the reality O sensei MU defined. The official national representations are the guarantee of a teaching faithful to the Founder's.

The weapons of Aikido, aiki ken and aiki jo

In modern Aikido, weapons are hardly taught, if taught at all. In O sensei's Aikido, on the contrary, aiki ken, aiki jo and tai jutsu are unified and form together a riai, a family of harmonious techniques stemming from one unique principle. Each techniques helps understand all the others.

Aikido, a martial art or an art of peace?

Peace is a balance between a human being and the world around him. The true martial art's goal is not to become stronger than one's opponent but to find in that opponent a way to realize harmony. There is no enemy anymore as such, but an opportunity offered to reach unified ki.

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